Don DeCandia brings over 25 years of experience to his primary practice areas of products liability, tort and personal injury, and ERISA litigation. He has litigated complex commercial cases and class actions and has a depth of experience in appellate work. Don believes that listening and attention to detail are key components of a successful practice. He maintains close communications with client contacts to ensure that informed judgment guides key decisions. Don has achieved the highest rating possible from Martindale-Hubbell and is recognized by Southwest Super Lawyers®.
Don's extensive experience in ERISA litigation includes representation of life, health and disability insurers, HMOs, self-funded plans, plan sponsors, plan administrators, pension plans, and third-party administrators.
Don has handled dozens of products liability cases in the vehicle context, including the defense of several tire manufacturers in tire failure litigation. He has also represented building product and power tool manufacturers, and his practice includes insurance cases and premises liability matters. Many of his cases involve claims for wrongful death and serious personal injury.
Don takes an active role in the management of the law firm. He presently serves as Department Head for Litigation, Co-General Counsel to the firm and a member of the Client Relations Committee. Previously, he was a member of the firm's Executive Committee (2011-2014), the Chair of the Tort, Products Liability and Railroad Practice Group and a member of the Associate and Technology Committees.
University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1989
- University of Notre Dame, B.A. in English cum laude, 1986
- New Mexico
- U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- United States Supreme Court